• Having been shopping for my sons’ Christmas gifts, it seems that these days you can get a whole lot of guitar for not that much money—much more so than the last time I shopped seriously for an instrument.

    I’ve just about managed to not buy myself something, too. Just about.

  • Turns out that if I put a # character in a title, it confuses the crap out of Jekyll and mistitles the blog post 👍

  • Campaign for it to be customary for the owner of the trees to come and rake the leaves that fall in my back garden.

  • Thinking about how Have I Got News For You still sets the standard for empty-chairing a politician. But also thinking about how the same show sold us Johnson as a harmless joke.

  • Uncomfortable as I may feel about the occasion, the firework show in Roundhay Park doesn’t disappoint.

  • Shaun the Sheep: Farmageddon was fantastic. Laugh out loud the whole way through, with a pleasingly high frequency of neat SF references. And you should stay to the very end 😎

  • All dressed up and ready to go for the indoor season.

  • Having to open the hex editor is rarely a good start to the day.

  • Huh. One of the “other Marks who occasionally (unintentionally?) use my email address” has signed up to Tinder. There’s a world that I’ve never been a part of.

  • Did iTunes break “Play Later”? It now seems to do the same as “Play Next” 😞

  • Gee. Thanks, iTunes.

  • “Use your administrator privileges to merge this pull request”


  • I recently learned of (can’t remember from where, sorry) Nick Cave’s Red Hand Files, an email newsletter where he answers questions people send him.

    The answers are often wise, and are always thoughtful and beautiful. I recommend subscribing.

  • Email: “Your Hue Bridge has been reset to factory defaults and removed from your account.”

    No hint as to why or how. That’s nice.

  • 🎵 Getting round to giving the new Taylor Swift a listen. That is some poppy loveliness.

  • Having a little “Good grief, Kid A was nineteen years ago” moment.

  • Experiencing Worldcon FOMO 😞

  • Just catching up that Automattic is buying Tumblr. That’s an interesting development.

  • Five boys on holiday, aged eight to thirteen. The thirteen year-old loves D&D. They’re now all out in the garden having independently come up with LARPing ⚔️🛡

  • 📚 Somtimes you finish reading a book and are left with the realisation that it was something really special. “This Is How You Lose the Time War” by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone is one of those. Everything about it is beautiful.

  • Woo! My tipping-bucket rainfall gauge has arrive. Plans proceed..

  • My day would be going a bit more smoothly if Xcode wasn’t so fond if its wee spinning beachball today.

  • Today is a Regina Spektor and Ben Folds singing “Dear Theodosia” kind of day. www.youtube.com/watch

  • ❤️ the recently-added “Viewed” checkbox on files in Github’s pull request review interface.

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